Have you ever considered doing a detox or a cleanse, but always wondered if it was right for you? Are you unsure about which foods to eat that will give you the best results? Then read on!
With allergy season in high gear, and summer drawing near, now is the perfect time to detox your body! A whole foods cleanse is the perfect foundation for a long-lasting, healthy, and vibrant life. Not only is it a program specifically created for improving your body, but cleansing is beneficial for the mind and soul as well.
First of all, what is a detox or cleanse? Detoxing or cleansing is the process in which you support your bodies natural process of ridding itself of the harmful toxins build up and stay stuck in our fat cells. In turn, you’ll have a healthier inner & outer body, mind, and soul. Detoxing can help to increase your energy levels and fight fatigue, as well as assist in weight loss and strengthen your immune system! If you suffer from thyroid, diabetes or other health issues (acne, bloating, constipation, gas, etc) – cleansing is the first place to begin.
Here are 8 superfoods that should be making their way into your shopping cart right now:
Watercress, Spinach, and Kale are staples to any cleanse, and can be used in a variety of ways such as smoothies or salads. Aside from the fact that these leafy greens are packed with high-quality nutrients and vitamins, they also aid in lowering cholesterol, restoring energy levels, and help to decrease your chances of developing cancer.
Asparagus is one of the most beneficial superfoods, offering kidney and bladder cleansing support. Asparagus can be oven roasted with a little bit of seasoning, which brings us to our next two superfoods, garlic and cayenne pepper!
Garlic and Cayenne Pepper act as the perfect bridge from tasteless foods to delectable meals! By seasoning your food with garlic and/or cayenne pepper, not only are you aiding in detoxifying your body, but you’re ensuring that your meals taste delicious! The sulfur found in garlic works specifically to rid your body of toxins, while cayenne pepper helps to support weight loss and promote heart health! Can’t seem to stomach eating raw garlic? Try garlic in pill form, which can be found at most health food stores!
Dried fruit is the perfect alternative to those tempting, yet unhealthy grab-n-go snacks! For example, dice up some dried peaches and throw it into your morning oats or chia pudding, or snack on dried apples throughout the day! In moderation, dried fruit can help to reduce excess fat and lower cholesterol while aiding in the detoxification and cleansing process.
Carrots are rich in glutathione which aid in the detoxification and cleansing of the liver! Additionally, carrots are loaded with Vitamins A, C, & K! It’s best to consume carrots raw, perhaps with avocado or hummus.
Keep in mind, it’s crucial to eat all of the foods mentioned above, raw or lightly cooked in order to retain as many of the beneficial properties as possible!
Aside from these 8 superfoods, make sure you are drinking at least 64 oz. of water, per day. If you’re finding that the taste of water is unappealing or mundane, add some sliced cucumber and lemon to a gallon of water and refrigerate it overnight. The next day, you’ll have a gallon of ice-cold cucumber-lemon-infused water that’s just as delicious as it sounds!
Are you ready to reclaim your energy, shed unwanted weight, and kick your sugar cravings today? Then I’m just in time!